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Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is a strategy RPG in which you are the leader needed to free the land. Choose to do the right thing and the people will support you. Choose the evil path and you will strike terror into the hearts of the peasants. The choice is yours and yours alone.
The once bright and happy days of Zenobia are growing dark and cold — evil is running rampant over the entire continent. "The king is dead" is heard in hushed whispers from shadowy men.
Sage Rashidi, trusted advisor to King Gran, was seduced by the evils of power. While in its grip, he slew the mighty king. He then joined forces with the evil Empress Endora and the two of them ruled the land with terror. Thus began the Zetegenian Empire.
Now, almost 25 years later, the Empire rules with neither justice nor compassion. A group of hardy souls who are the last remaining members of a rebellion gather along the outskirts of Sharom. Outnumbered and outmatched, the rebellion desperately needs you, fearless gamer, someone who can lead them to victory over the tyrannical Empire. Secrets carried through the wind tell of Warren, a great wizard who can help you in your quest for justice.
The hero you portray is the head of the rebel forces, a character who sometimes goes by the name of the Opinion Leader. His personality is formed based on answers you give to a series of six questions from a set of Tarot cards.
You control the action in this game by guiding a cursor around the screen and selecting icons. You'll be called upon to find treasures, read maps, liberate cities, discover hidden cities, defend cities, change rebel unit formations, add characters to your unit, prepare your unit to fight bosses and armies and much more.
Characters are ranked according to strength, reputation, experience, agility, intelligence, charisma, hit points, luck and many other traits and attributes. You can build on these things as you journey through the game's 30 different locations. There are more than 200 types of weapons, spells, treasures and other items to discover and 12 different game endings. Battery backup lets you save your progress after you have turned off your game system. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide